on July 17, 2008
You will immediately recognize Cafe de Olla by the long line winding down the sidewalk. It specializes in Mexican food, mostly the kind foreigners would recognize. Steak, seafood and barbequed meats are also offered. It has been many years since I have eaten dinner here. The food has always been quite good, the service decent and the surroundings, sort of old hacienda style, pleasant, but nothing is worth standing in that line for. The restaurant now opens for breakfast with the same cooks and staff but no lines. We had to go.Just off Olas Altas, Cafe de Olla is in a convenient location. It was a pleasant morning. We sat at one of the two tiny tables out on the sidewalk. The waiter eventually noticed us and came over with the menu. It was typical – eggs offered a variety of styles, including traditional Mexican ways, pancakes, fruit plates and a handful of Mexican specialties like molletes and chilaquiles.We ordered and were promptly served. I had the eggs with machaca – eggs scrambled with machaca (dried shredded beef), onions, tomatoes and poblano peppers. It was served with beans, panela cheese, fried bananas and tortillas. It was good, no more and no less. Salsas, as usual, were served with the meal. The salsa Mexicana – chopped onion, tomato, chile and cilantro – was average, but the red sauce was really good. Linda had toast and tea; what more can I say.Our waiter, after the delay noticing we were there, was attentive and polite. The establishment is clean and comfortable. The food was as good as most restaurants in the neighborhood, although, a few doors away is Boca Bento, where the breakfasts are superb. I would be happy to eat breakfast at Cafe de Olla again but probably won't.Sails said , "Yeah, the food is good but nothing is worth waiting in that line for."sample menubreakfastNopales con Huevo ............37 pesos/US$3.50eggs scrambled with cactusOmelet Cafe de Olla ............55 pesos/US$5.25shrimp, bell pepper and mushroomslunch and dinnerQueso Fundido con Chorizo. ...........70 pesos/US$6.70melted cheese with chorizoEmpanadas de Champiñon ............68 pesos/US$6.50mushroom turnoversChiles Rellenos ............68 pesos/US$6.50Chicken Fajitas ............110 pesos/US$10.50Cafe de Olla is open Wednesday thru Monday from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm. Credit cards are not accepted.Directions - Cafe de Olla is on Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Pino Suarez. From the southwest corner of parking/plaza Lazaro Cardenas (the ocean is to the west) head south along Olas Altas for one block, go left on Basilio Badillo a half block. The restaurant is on the right.
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